North Carolina Emergency Planning and Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Emergency Planning and Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste: 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 13A.0109

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Drinking water: 15A NCAC 18C.0307

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Department of Crime Control and Public Safety (DCCPS) North Carolina Division of Emergency Management

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs)

Local fire and police departments

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has adopted the federal emergency planning and response rules for hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities (TSDFs), with some additional notification requirements. The state also follows the federal requirements for:

—Chemical accident prevention, also known as the Risk Management Program. See the state section RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM for more information.

—Emergency planning activities under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). See the national section EPCRA and the state section COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW for more information.

In addition, state public water suppliers must prepare and implement emergency plans.

Administration and enforcement. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), along with local fire and police departments, administers and enforces the emergency planning and response rules in North Carolina.

State Requirements


15A NCAC 13A.0109

North Carolina has adopted the federal rules for hazardous waste TSDF preparedness, prevention, contingency plans, and emergency procedures.

Large quantity hazardous waste generators are required to prepare an emergency preparedness plan, and in addition, ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements
Additional Guidance